Hartly woman accused of shoplifting $17 worth of candy bars

Holly Cook

SMYRNA — A 27-year-old Hartly woman is facing felony charges after allegedly fleeing from a store with $17 worth of shoplifted Reeses candy bars Monday afternoon, according to an arrest affidavit.

Holly Cook was apprehended behind a nearby McDonalds after the alleged incident at the Dollar General at 116 E. Glenwood Avenue in the Smyrna shopping center, town police said. She pled not guilty to all six charges against her when presented before Justice of the Peace Court in Rehoboth Beach, court records showed.

Charges included two counts of second-degree robbery, shoplifting under $1,500, resisting arrest and two counts of offensive touching.

Ms. Cook was held in detention due to a $1,300 secured bail that was not immediately posted. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 27.

The alleged sequence of events began at 2:05 p.m. when an unidentified shopper told a store employee she had seen a person place items in her bag “because she had reason to believe she was attempting to steal something,” police said investigation found.

The woman pushed an employee out of the way as she walked outside the store “stating she didn’t have anything,” papers said. The woman pushed an employee away again, the affidavit alleged, before supposedly pulling four six-pack bags of candy bars out of her bag and asking that the police not be called.

A store manager decided the police should be called, according to documents and the woman allegedly pushed an employee twice. The employee grabbed her by the arms, the affidavit claimed, but was forced to let go when the woman stomped on her foot and ran out the door.

Police said a suspect, identified as Ms. Cook by the Delaware Justice Information System, documents said was located by a Clayton Police officer and detained.

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